What are the best image viewers?

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    These days our photos are like pieces in a puzzle, scattered across different devices and places. This app acts as a photo organizer that puts the pieces back together again making a complete picture. It then makes that picture available across all of your devices.

    Free- varies by plan

    Ruth Bates
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "What makes using Mylio so great is just how seamless the whole experience is across all of your devices. You could be browsing and editing all your trip photos on your tablet while on the go and by the time you get home, give it a moment to sync and all changes you made reflect on your other devices as well. This is one of the best image viewers for Mac that you can try out."
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    #2Google Photos

    Google Photos

    Google Photos is an application that lets users save, classify, edit, and sync all of their photos and videos using Google Drive and the rest of Google's services. Users can access their smartphone's contents on their PC and vice-versa. 


    Web, Android, iOS


    Song Zhou
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "The main appeal of Google Photos is its free unlimited cloud photo storage, clean UI, and cross-platform compatibility. It has its drawbacks, however. It's editing options is limited and you will need to pay if you plan on uploading images higher than 16-megapixel images. Despite these though, it is a solid and free option and could check out."
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    A photo management program that allows you to view, search, structure and organize your digital photos. You can group photos in albums, events, live albums and smart albums rather than just simple folders. It offers you a plethora of editing tools to touch-up images, edit metadata, search photos, find duplicates and do much more.



    Paul Graham
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "It's a great software to easily organize your photos and media on your Mac devices. Its clean UI supports touch inputs, dual monitors, and high-resolution displays. One neat feature is its ability to auto update and track for geolocation tagging and it can detect duplicate photos to help you remove them faster."


The first digital camera released back in 1975? Steve Sasson, an engineer at Kodak at the time was the one responsible for inventing it. Descriptions for such devices came much earlier still. Eugene F. Lally, from Jet Propulsion Laboratory first described it. It was on how to create still digital photos using a mosaic photosensor. Willis Adcock, an employee from Texas Instruments patented a film-less camera in 1972. No prototype ever made it to the public until Steve Sasson made one year later. You'd think that Steve Sasson's camera produced the first digital image, wouldn't you? It was back in the 1950s that the first digital image came into existence. The Natural Bureau of Standards was the only place that had a programmable computer at the time. A scientist, Russell Kirsch went and assembled a crude image scanner. It would convert a photo into binary code. The resulting image was a 176x176 pixel image of his infant son.

Fast forward to 1988, Fuji demoed the DS-1p in Germany. It was the first consumer digital camera that came out in the market. Nowadays, DSLRs and smartphone cameras are our main photo capture devices. With the hundreds and thousands of images we have taken, we'll need something to view them on. This is where image viewers became popular. They allowed us to compile our images and view and sort them in one place. The best image viewers offer some extra features. Things like basic editing tools like cropping and resizing. It started out with PCs but photo gallery apps are now available for smartphones as well.

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    #4Magix Photo Manager

    Magix Photo Manager
    Photo Manager lets you directly import photos from your camera, apply minor optimizations and create slideshows to share with friends and family.



    Jane Dean
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Magix Photo Manager imports your digital camera and helps you manage all of your images. You can create slideshows, different albums. Offers face imaging, and recognizes similar content. Make slight adjustments like sharpening images."
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    #5Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    Included in Windows Essentials 2012, this is an essential pack of photo editing and management tools. This free software gives you more power and allows importing photos from cameras and other devices, tagging and searching images, creating and viewing slideshows and a lot more. 




    Henry Jenkins
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Photo Gallery best image viewers for Windows Essentials 2012 this is an essential pack of photo editing and management tools."
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    IrfanView is a fast and lightweight graphics viewer that is available as a freeware for Windows PCs and devices. It comes in 32-bit or 64-bit options, has multilingual support, and a long list of file formats.




    Justin Guzman
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "Don't let the simplistic interface and quirky logo fool you. This is one of the best image viewers for windows 10. It features a simple UI that any beginner can figure out quickly but with powerful tools and feature set that even professionals can appreciate. Go check it out."
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    Xee is an image viewer and browser for macOS made by MacPaw Labs. It's similar to the built-in Preview.app but allows browsing by folder or an archive, offer more command options, and supports more file formats.




    Li Song
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "This is a nice, no-frills image viewer for Mac devices that supports basically every file format out there. It's also much easier to view and manipulate by folder or by directories such as copy and pasting. I would recommend this especially if you're dealing with a large archive of media."
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    Lyn is a lightweight and fast image viewer and browser for macOS aimed at Photographers, Graphic Artists, and Web Designers. It features an easy to use geotagging technology, robust image editing options, and built-in sharing capabilities.



    $20- Free trial available

    Guo Ding
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "This is one of the best image viewers for Mac users. It was designed for photographers and graphic artists that need to deal with a large archive of images in various file formats. It can access image libraries such as iPhoto and Aperture and makes it easy to share your images on the platform of your choice."
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    #9XnView MP

    XnView MP

    XnView MP is an image viewer, organizer and editor for Windows, Mac and Linux that lets you view, resize and process all your images in batch. It supports over 500 formats and also lets you reduce the weight of your documents and files.


    Mac, Windows


    Justin Wagner
    Written on April 24, 2019
    "The classic XnView was a great option for Windows users and this new MP version is even better as it now supports other platforms such as Mac and Linux as well. It still boasts support for a long list of file formats, batch conversion, and it's a bit faster than the classic version as well. A nice update across the board."
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    #10WidsMob Viewer

    WidsMob Viewer

    WidsMob Viewer is a photo viewer for Mac computers capable of viewing single, multiple, or folder-based images in different viewing modes. It also has editing tools and support for RAW photos.




    alex hamberg
    Written on November 27, 2018
    "1. Get the Windows-like photo browsing experience on Mac. 2. You can view thousands of images with arrows in a short time. 3. View photos on Mac in full screen mode, slideshow mode, EXIF mode, thumbnail mode, favorite mode. 4. Batch convert, resize and rename images on Mac."


Best What are the best image viewers
1MylioWebsites 11 Free
2Google PhotosApps 8 Free
3PhotothecaSoftware 7 Free
4Magix Photo ManagerSoftware 3 Free
5Photo GallerySoftware 2 Free
6IrfanViewSoftware 0 Free
7XeeSoftware 0 Paid
8LynSoftware 0 Paid
9XnView MPSoftware 0 Free
10WidsMob ViewerSoftware 0 Paid

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